Tokyo Ghoul is one of my favorites so far this season and it is magnificently ghoulish. A component of it leads me to think of “I am Legend”, the book not the film. In Tokyo Ghoul, ghouls are hated by humans and are hunted down and killed because of the ghouls that ferociously devour humans. Humans find it hard to understand that the ghouls live off flesh and that there are ghouls who don’t want to kill humans to survive. Some ghouls try to create their own society and want to live relatively peaceful lives. Humans do not know about this side of ghouls and cannot see past their fear. In the book, “I am Legend”, Neville has been killing the infected humans and was completely unaware that there were “vampires” who were taking control of their infections and trying to live normalized lives again.
Ken Kaneki who is the main character in Tokyo Ghoul is trying to live a normal life as a half ghoul/half human. He has to fight to overcome the ghoul side of him that wants to viciously devour flesh. He wants to maintain his humanity. He is learning as we are learning in each episode that there are ghouls who also want some humanity. It brings to question, what is humanity? There are characters, specifically those that are called “Doves”, that act horrifically in murdering ghouls, and these “Doves” are human. One laughs at killing a ghoul in front of her child and mockingly questions that she can feel love for another. As humans, we have the tendency to let our fear and lack of knowledge sully how we see those different from us. Granted, not all ghouls are peace-loving creatures but those who are get placed in the box with those that are not. They suffer from the stereotypes perpetuated upon their group because of bad apples. This happens in our society constantly. A group of people are demonized by due to the actions of a minority in their group. The group as a whole pays the price for the actions of a few. Or the group has stereotypes placed on them because another group simply does not like them and wants to oppress them. So far, in Tokyo Ghoul, it appears that it is the former in their situations.
The show is very dark and though the story isn’t teeming over with complexity, it most definitely has a good plot. The fight scenes are pretty good, lots of violence with dark, vibrant, bold reds. There are some levels of intrigue. For example, Kaneki was not born a half ghoul/half human, he was given an organ transplant of a ghoul. It appears that the doctor knew what he was doing based off the smirk he gave when Kaneki told him he didn’t like regular food anymore. In addition, there was the snippets of the conversation between the doctor and nurses during the procedure. The show has not returned to this but I hope that they don’t leave this plot hole gaping open. I will say this show has me biting my fingernails.
What are you watching right now?
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I generally don’t do episodic posts which is probably why my blog tends to be classified as opinionated. It is highly opinionated, I might add. Anime is one of the few things I have an opinion on or care to have strong discussions about outside of politics and religion. Although, I rank anime right up there with politics and religion in terms of “things you don’t discuss at work”. It’s not as if I can stand by the water cooler and say “Did you see that episode of Tokyo Ghoul last night? Oh, man!” I also don’t have the urge to come to my blog and say the same thing and explore every minute detail.
If I write an episodic post; it’s a clear indication that I like the show and had a lot of thoughts on it. I just simply do not have enough time to write a post on every episode of a show. One, I watch multiple shows so I would have to choose one or two. Two, I would have to take notes to write a clear and concise post. I’m not in school, I’m not taking notes on a show I’m watching for pleasure! Three, I don’t really have a three. It’s just that three is the magic number. I prefer rambling about a show after it’s finished and reading others’ episodic posts. Except some of you people watch the shows a day earlier before it hits Hulu Plus or Crunchyroll so I have to ignore your posts! I also shake my fist at you mentally. Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, here is a list of some of what I am watching.
- Tokyo ESP – So far, I am enjoying this show. It seems to be doing the start from the end, then jump to the beginning to circle back to the end. That will definitely keep me watching. It’s got a mixture of action, violence, and comedy. Humans with special powers trying to take over the world and destroy humans with no powers works for me.
- Tokyo Ghoul – I’m not sure how I ended up watching two shows with Tokyo in the title but this is another show that I am feeling. Ghouls are monsters but look like humans physically until they try to eat you. Our main character becomes a half human/ghoul by some unfortunate circumstances. Very gruesome show. I like.
- Terror in Resonance – This is actually a show dealing with terrorism. We have yet to figure out why the characters are terrorists but there has been a lot of foreshadowing. I’m impressed because usually anime deals with terrorists as the “other” but they are front line in this show. Lots of homage paid to real terrorist attacks that have occurred in our lifetime and in other centuries.
- The Kawai Complex Guide – This show is complete but I’ve just started watching it. Its my comic relief. It has tons of fanservice (shocker!) but it works for this show. It is done in a way that has me cracking up and is relevant to the plot.
- One Week Friends – I finished this a couple of weeks ago. Interesting premise, a girl forgets her friends after one week and the boy who wants to stay her friend forever.
I’m also watching Captain Earth, Hamatora, Blue Spring Ride, and I’m going to check out more shows that were posted as recommendations in my post about looking for more mature anime directed towards adult; or has more serious content. Tokyo Ghoul and Terror in Resonance definitely meet that criteria. Happy Friday, everyone!
Actually that’s not really the question. **Spoiler alert** – I’m probably going to go off on a tangent in this post as I am wont to do. I enjoy a good mecha anime and recently I’ve found one. It is a Netflix exclusive which means I can marathon to my heart’s content. The series “Knights of Sidonia” is only on Netflix and you can watch it either subbed or dubbed. It is released after the season is complete in Japan which means its not a simulcast but I don’t mind. I think I prefer the whole season being released in full. The downside to that is that one can get sucked into watching a show hours at a time. Who am I kidding? I do that anyway.
Since life is starting to balance out some, and I’ve figured out how to type on my laptop whilst holding a tiny one; I figured I could try my hand at a blog post. This is a celebration of sorts! I miss my blog. I miss being able to read others’ blogs. I am so behind on current anime and I haven’t been watching older anime series. I have been watching a lot of K-Drama and I think it’s because I have found shows with adult characters. I’ve finished two series; “Let’s Eat” and “Witch’s Romance”. It was a coincidence that both main female characters fell for younger men. I’m not going to talk about those shows but if you are interested in K-Drama that doesn’t focus on high school characters; check those two romantic comedies out. Continue reading
I have not posted in a while. My silence has been a little longer than usual because of the massive changes that have been going on in my life. I know I have probably lost a few readers but I wanted to check in and let you know that I am not gone but I am on hiatus. The reason for my silence is I have simply been exhausted as my body makes another little anime fan. Couple this with a very stressful job, I have not had the energy to post as much as I used to. I am still watching anime, of course. I would be unhappy if I didn’t . I just finished watching Tatakau Shisho (The Book of Bantorra). It was a recommendation from one of you wonderful readers and it was a good one. Thanks. I’m always on the lookout for quality older anime from before the last four years of anime.
Please continue to bear with me, people! I really plan on being back in full once I get my bearings. The little anime fan is almost done cooking. I hope you all are watching some good new shows. Tell me what you’re watching or what you recommend. Happy anime watching!